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(WTKR)   I see your Caturday cuteness and raise you some sea turtles hatching from a record number of nests   (wtkr.com) divider line 25
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5248 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Aug 2012 at 9:02 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-08-18 09:10:24 AM  
Not sappy a-tall. Sea turtles of nearly all varieties are at risk too many places. News of even one safe place for them to hatch is excellent, but there need to be more of these! Either Our Tax $$ At Work (doubt it) or We/Those Who Care About Their Survival need to donate more $$. Should be tax deductible, something wrong if it isn't.
 
2012-08-18 09:14:21 AM  

laulaja: Sea turtles of nearly all varieties are at risk too many places.


Even their jobs aren't safe.

i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-18 09:16:42 AM  
The Taco Bell ad was a nice touch.
 
2012-08-18 09:19:05 AM  
I blame global warming for this infestation of these abominable creatures.

Won't someone think of the children?
 
2012-08-18 09:33:10 AM  
You know what would be fun?

.22 w/night scope!


/I keed, I keed!
 
2012-08-18 09:36:58 AM  
I saw a turtle?
 
2012-08-18 09:41:54 AM  
Ah long as Mitch McConnell wasn't the father.
 
2012-08-18 09:48:34 AM  
So what do the next sitters do exactly? Do they get to scoop up each hatchling and run with it to the water? Because if so, how can I sign up?
 
2012-08-18 09:50:24 AM  
Wharr thundering herd of turtles? WHARR??!!!
 
2012-08-18 10:01:49 AM  
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2012-08-18 10:17:44 AM  

LadyMech: So what do the next sitters do exactly? Do they get to scoop up each hatchling and run with it to the water? Because if so, how can I sign up?


This. I remember a Nat'l Geographic documentary in the late 80's/early 90's about Leatherbacks being endangered, and the farking camera crew standing there filming during a 1000+ hatching, and hundreds of the little guys getting eaten en mass by gulls and crabs because it was a felony to so much as touch a hatchling.

I understood death (maybe 6 or 7 at the time), still wanted to use the camera crew as seagull bait. Pretty sure that's when I started losing faith in humanity and Congress.
 
2012-08-18 10:19:53 AM  

LadyMech: So what do the next sitters do exactly? Do they get to scoop up each hatchling and run with it to the water? Because if so, how can I sign up?


I hope they do. Something like half of them get picked off on the way to the water, and since they only have like 1% of the ones who hit the water make it to adulthood, the more that make it to the water the better.

I'd totally go do that too.
 
2012-08-18 10:28:29 AM  
"If I don't save the wee turtles, who will?"
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"Ach! Save me from the wee turtles!"
 
2012-08-18 10:28:55 AM  
Thats odd..I would've thought that they were born with a little disc on their shells.
 
2012-08-18 10:29:39 AM  

brobinson2001: LadyMech: So what do the next sitters do exactly? Do they get to scoop up each hatchling and run with it to the water? Because if so, how can I sign up?

This. I remember a Nat'l Geographic documentary in the late 80's/early 90's about Leatherbacks being endangered, and the farking camera crew standing there filming during a 1000+ hatching, and hundreds of the little guys getting eaten en mass by gulls and crabs because it was a felony to so much as touch a hatchling.

I understood death (maybe 6 or 7 at the time), still wanted to use the camera crew as seagull bait. Pretty sure that's when I started losing faith in humanity and Congress.


I would have tied a stick to rope and walked ever so carefully between the turtles swinging the rope in the air. It would have helped a little bit.

I lost my faith in humanity when I saw one of those jumping shark documentaries. A seal had been bitten nearly in half but was still alive and was trying desparately to get onto the boat where they were filming. It was making these pained cries too.

Naturally they didn't do anything for it and tried to shoo it away. But it still followed them, and the sharks were bumping the boat I think. So the crew let the seal get into the boat. On the boat, you could really see the poor thing's injury-it was like a 4-5 inch meat flap. The camera crew just let the creature sit there bawwing, blood everywhere while they moved the boat to the little island where the seals were. They they just chunked it into the water near the island. Either help the seal or put it out of it's misery. And yes, interferring, etc, but simply by being there, they were already interferring.
 
2012-08-18 10:31:08 AM  

MidnightSkulker: LadyMech: So what do the next sitters do exactly? Do they get to scoop up each hatchling and run with it to the water? Because if so, how can I sign up?

I hope they do. Something like half of them get picked off on the way to the water, and since they only have like 1% of the ones who hit the water make it to adulthood, the more that make it to the water the better.

I'd totally go do that too.


Scooping them up is probably a bad idea- that scurry across the beach plays a role in them knowing how to find the beach again as adults. But fending off predators on their behalf while they make the break for it is acceptable.
 
2012-08-18 11:23:05 AM  
Caturtle day?
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2012-08-18 12:24:57 PM  
Virginia Beach? The turtles can have it.
 
2012-08-18 01:47:55 PM  
Never tasted one of these small guys. But: Thousands af sea birds cannot lie, amirite?
 
2012-08-18 02:07:58 PM  

Fritriac: Never tasted one of these small guys. But: Thousands af sea birds cannot lie, amirite?


Tender! But it takes a lot. Kind of like Maryland Blue Crabs...
 
2012-08-18 03:29:59 PM  

Pvt Joker: Approves:

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That and the Helen Thomas 'That makes me moist' pic always creep me out.
 
2012-08-18 04:28:11 PM  
Subby! I'd like a word with you! Two Hampton Roads news stories in a row on the main page?! And probably a few dozen in the last 3 months. Who are you and how do you do it? You are kind of like Batman, operating on the fringes of society. Can't tell whether you are mob affiliated, Drew affiliated, mod affiliated, what is the story? You are a machine, (hopefuly built with good intentions).
 
2012-08-18 04:48:58 PM  
Thanks, Subby. I'm so glad I got to see a video of no turtles hatching.
 
2012-08-18 06:54:05 PM  
Sounds like a good meal for a record number of waiting seagulls.
 
2012-08-18 08:19:52 PM  
Why TF didn't they have any video? That's the best part, watching them scooch along to freedom.
 
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